Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
In Chapter 1, Robert Irwin grew up in southwest Los Angeles, attending high school in the mid-Forties. It was an artistically rich place in which to grow up. This lesson will discuss LA at this time and Irwin's childhood.
Class Discussion: Describe L.A. at this time.
Small Group Activity: Describe Irwin's childhood. What is the connection between his childhood and West Coast living?
Class Discussion: Discuss the students' responses. How does Irwin's childhood and L.A. compare to your own childhood and community? What might be the reasons for these similarities and differences?
Individual Activity: Research a community in the U.S. at the time in which Irwin was a child, as well as today. What was life like in this community? How has it changed over time? What has caused these changes? Are these positive changes? Why or why not?
Class Discussion: Have the...
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